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Process Mineralogy

delivered by Sustainable Minerals Institute

Overview

Learn process mineralogy tools and techniques to make practical use of mineralogical data.

Metallurgists, mining engineers and operators will gain a solid foundation to get the most out of mineralogical data for diagnostics, troubleshooting and optimising mineral processing operations.

Using case studies and real data, you’ll learn strategies from Australia’s best instructors to select the most appropriate characterisation tools and assess the quality of mineralogical data.

Upcoming courses

Delivery mode
Online, self-paced
Date
24 April—7 June 2023
9am—12pm (GMT+10) Brisbane time
Time commitment
18 hours

Who should attend

  • Early career metallurgists
  • Early career mining and process engineers

Entry requirements

No prior knowledge of mineralogy is required.

What you'll learn

  • Diagnose and troubleshoot plant performance using mineralogical data.
  • Request appropriate mineralogical analysis for samples to obtain the most cost-effective and timely solution.
  • Engage with the data from mineralogical characterisation.

Time commitment

This is an Online course that will require roughly 18 hours to complete.

  • 2-3 hours per week
  • Over 6 weeks from 26 April to 7 July 2023.

Course Curriculum

  • Properties of minerals and how they are classified.
  • Calculation methods to convert elemental assays to mineral data (including trace elements).
  • Examples of how the type of deposit impacts processing, with an emphasis on mineral texture and liberation. 
  • Current suite of tools used in mineralogical characterisation.
  • Which tools to apply in what circumstances. 
  • Application of data from automated SEM-based tools.
  • Use mineralogical knowledge to analyse and interrogate data.
  • Diagnose the source of processing problems (i.e. ore or process).

Assessment

There is no assessment. However, participants are required to complete at least 75% of the course content to receive a Certificate of Completion.

Certification and accreditation

Students who successfully complete the course will receive a Certificate of Completion to verify their skills and achievements.

Facilitators

Dr Elaine Wightman, Senior Research Fellow, Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Center
Dr Elaine Wightman
Senior Research Fellow, Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Center (JKMRC)
Dr Catherine Evans, Senior Research Fellow, WH Bryan Mining Geology Research Centre (BRC)
Dr Cathy Evans
Senior Research Fellow, WH Bryan Mining Geology Research Centre (BRC)

Cost

Applicant Price
Industry A$1,500
Academic A$800

Price is GST exclusive.

Discounts can't be used with other discounts, offers or special promotions.

Payment options

We accept credit cards (Visa/MasterCard) for payment, including corporate credit cards. If you do not have access to a card, please contact our team at education@smi.uq.edu.au to discuss your options.

Contact

Sustainable Minerals Institute